ISSUE 150 : Sep/Oct - 2001 - Australian Defence Force Journal

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ISSUE 150 : Sep/Oct - 2001 - Australian Defence Force Journal

important in providing both interim capabilityas well as guidance for further refinement ofacquisition requirements for C4ISREW andNEW.Examples under the TAKARI program aredescribed but specific examples related to NEWdevelopment and conceptualisation include amix of virtual laboratories, network technologydemonstrators and virtual platforms. 19Virtual Laboratories and TechnologyDemonstrators• TDRAP - Technology Demonstrator forthe Recognised Air Picture.• CCISIL - Command and ControlInformation System InteroperabilityLaboratory.• EXC3ITE - Experimental C3I technologyenvironment.• ECC - Experimental Command Centre.• FOCAL - Future Operations CentreAnalysis Laboratory.• CFBLnet Combined Federated BattlelabNetwork.• SERF - Synthetic Environments ResearchFacility.Virtual Platforms• Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter.• Virtual Ship and Submarine.Many of these are focused upon refinementof C4I elements using research concepts basedin both real and virtual environments. (furtherdetails see note 19). These are also coupled toongoing support to terrestrial and satellitebased communications activities such as TBS -the Theatre Broadcast System and theintroduction of tactical data systems within theADF such as TDL's link 16 where considerableinvestment is being made to achieve alliedinteroperability.Project EXC3ITEThe Experimental C3I TechnologyEnvironment (EXC3ITE) is a joint Defenceproject. 20 EXC3ITE is an enabling informationnetwork infrastructure and supportingAUSTRALIAN PERSPECTIVES ON NETWORK CENTRIC WARFARE 25organisation for research and developmentpermitting the definition and demonstration ofarchitectures to support decisions in thedevelopment of the DIE.EXC3ITE contributes to improvement ofexisting systems, and supports doctrinal andorganisational experimentation. A centralfeature of EXC3ITE is the exploitation ofmiddleware concepts in the construction,functioning and re-use of softwarecomponents for flexible military applications.These concepts are echoed in the developmentof modern component-based software systems(including for example Microsoft Officeapplications) and at an enterprise level, arereflected in the Next Generation Internet (NGI),and Internet 2 initiatives.The EXC3ITE network consists of six fixedand three mobile nodes providing widebandconnectivity and access to information servicesat secret and restricted security levels.The EXC3ITE vision encompasses theability to construct an application in an hour.To achieve this requires the ability to locateand assemble an application on an ad hocbasis from a multitude of component parts.Component parts are military specific softwareentities including for example, user interfaces,services for visualisation, simulation, imageryprocessing, geospatial repositories,collaboration, etc.In addition to information services,EXC3ITE is developing a suite of simulationservices based on the use of HLA middlewareto support the integration of distributedsynthetic environments and simulationcomponents in DSTO (including the virtualship, synthetic environment research facility,virtual submarine, and virtual air platforms)and in industry.Experimentation and InteroperabilityThe development of simulation services forEXC3ITE in conjunction with informationactivities is to facilitate military experimentationor “military innovation”. Military innovation

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